16 Mar 2017
The Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Center area 10 sprayed water into the air at Chiang Mai City Hall in a bid to reduce dust and increase moisture in the air. Although A4Thai website reports PM10 levels as being within acceptable ranges the high temperatures and dry weather led the officials to spray water.Komsan Suwanampa, Director of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Center area 10, Lampang led officers and 4 supported water spraying trucks and 2 high pressure hose trucks or Fire Robot LUF 60 to spray water into the air for 30 minutes to reduce dust in the air due to road construction in front of Chiang Mai City Hall.Komsan Suwanampa said that the Director-General of the Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation ordered the center to coordinate with Local Disaster Prevention and Mitigation offices to work with the Ministry of Interior, Local Administration Organization, Office of Natural Resources and Environment, and the Third Army Area to prevent and monitor wild fire and smog in the North. In addition, two trucks of Fire Robot LUF 60 were used in this mission. The Fire Robot is very helpful, especially, in the area which is narrow, hard to access, or dangerous. The said robot can be controlled by radio to walk into the target within 300 meters.The Director-General of Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation ordered all 18 areas of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation centers to prepare to support the mission in the North where these problems happen every year during the dry season.Lampang has seen many fires, especially at Doi Prabhat, Muang and Mae Moh so the center set up a directing and support center to support the area for quick operations.The website http://air4thai.pcd.go.th/ reports air quality numbers updated regularly. The Northern Meteorological Center said that the North would see higher day tie temperatures while the Upper North part was still cold in the morning and night. The Lowest temperature was 16-20 degree and highest temperature was 35-37 degree. Weather on top of mountain would be cold to very cold with lowest temperature at 7-12 degrees.